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Your EXPERIENCES with Flats and run flat tires

Driving without a spare is always in the back of my mind when I take the Lotus out. I carry extra cans of inflator and a small compressor Yet, it still bothers me.
What have you guys endured when experiencing a flat?
Does anyone out there make a high performance run flat tire that will not downgrade the performance of the car?

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100,000 miles with no flats or any tire problem

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I feel the same, so I have a spare.
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My AAA card hardly takes up any room in my trunk, and weighs less than a can of fix-a-flat.
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I feel the same, so I have a spare.
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I'll bite... What IS that thing?!

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I'll bite... What IS that thing?!
It is a Porsche collapsible spare tire.
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You should also carry a plug kit w/wrench/reamer.

I use Slime, chosen after multi-product testing by a motorcycle mag.

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Yes, run flats degrade performance.
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Run flats will allow you to drive to a tire dealer who won't have a replacement in stock. My experience with my MINI is that they were rough riding, heavier and more than normal tires. I carry a compressor, plug repair kit and can of slime.

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Run flats will allow you to drive to a tire dealer who won't have a replacement in stock. My experience with my MINI is that they were rough riding, heavier and more than normal tires. I carry a compressor, plug repair kit and can of slime.
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8 years of Corvettes. Pulled run-flats as soon as I could. They were good for about 3K miles than stunk. Never had a flat that even caused me to pull out the compressor, much less the fix-a-flat. Just stay on top of your tire pressure.
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I know what you mean about having no spare. It bothered me a lot initially. I have had 3 flats in about 350,000 miles of driving so I expect it to happen once in a while.

I have an air compressor and a tire repair kit (T-shaped handle) and the orignal tin of slime. I think I can fix my tire if it happens. I just hope that when it happens I can get my car well off to the side of the road.

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You should also carry a plug kit w/wrench/reamer.

I use Slime, chosen after multi-product testing by a motorcycle mag.
On my 2009 Elise, there was a tin of fix-a-flat held in place by two very stiff metal clips. glb, did you put the bottle of slime into that location?

The Slime I bought is a plastic bottle and I'm not sure if those stiff metal clips will damage the bottle.

I am hoping that I'll never use it as I do have a tire repair kit and a compressor in the car.
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I pay for roadside assistance through my insurance company. If I ever get a flat, I will cancel my plans for the day and wait for roadside assistance to either solve my problem or disappoint me and force me to flatbed it to a local tire shop.

As a result of making that decision, my car doesn't have anything in the trunk except a lightweight battery, my tires are R compound race tires, and I absolutely never worry about a flat while driving.
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